3 Reasons She Left Her Corporate Job For Photography | Interview with Michelle Nicole
Exchanging Practicality for Passion
“I used to work in the corporate world. Three years in, I began taking workshops from Scott Robert Lim, an award winning international photographer and world-renowned educator. This awakened a new determination in me. After four years in the corporate world, I decided to take a leap of faith and focus on photography full time.” – Michelle Nicole
From Corporate America to Full Time Photographer
Reason #1: Wanting more experiences in life
“I wanted to network; I wanted to build a craft that I feel like I could own” – Michelle Nicole
I found it interesting that Michelle brought up the term “Experience” during our interview because I recently read an article about the science of materialistic things vs. experience. Basically, the study says that investing in experiences has a more lasting and long term benefit than investing in materialistic things. Your job is an investment, it’s where you spend most of your time, and if it’s not a gratifying experience then maybe it’s time to find a new job.
Reason #2: Find new challenges
I wanted a bigger challenge that I can own – Michelle Nicole
Michelle helped manage a team of 16 people at her corporate job, which was challenging, but it wasn’t the challenge she was looking for. She wasn’t just looking for challenges that she could overcome; she wanted something that she could be proud of. Starting and maintaining a photography business was a challenge that she wanted to take on because she felt it would be more rewarding.
Reason #3: To find something you can be passionate about
“I wanted to find something I could really love and enjoy doing” – Michelle Nicole
Michelle was happy where she was in her corporate job, but that’s not where her passion was. Michelle has had a passion for photography from a young age and now she had the opportunity to pursue it. When she became a full-time photographer, it changed her work-life balance. She began to enjoy her work much more, and her overall life experience positively increased. You’ll try harder and be more productive working on things you’re passionate about.
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